Myanmar coup: Protest gathers momentum as gridlock appears in major Burmese cities
There seem to be no going back for the protesters in Burma. For the eight-day, they have defied the violent suppression from the military leaders.
Thousands saw blocking major cities in Myanmar
Thousands of Burmese citizens have taken to the streets of cities in the country around Wednesday protesting against the Myanmar Army coup and battling with the government's violent reactions against demonstrations. The demonstrations on Wednesday are one of the biggest since the military power take-over in early this month.
The continued detention of leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders have prompted people to come out in large congregations asking for a return to democracy. This has debunked the assertion by the Burmese Army that the citizens supported their coup against the elected leaders.
The UN has continued to warn the army hierarchy that violence against civilians will be allowed as they tried to cement their power.
Demonstrators want leaders released and coup reversal
According to a demonstrator, Shithu Muang
'' We want a return to democracy and the immediate release of all leaders before this protest can cease. ''
He spoke to thousands of people who came to the Pagoda Sule in Yangon.
''We must stand on our feet and resist all manners of tyranny. Our generation must be the last to witness a coup. We must ensure this doesn't mean that happens again. ''
The NLD party was declared the winner of the November election, however, the Burmese army claims there were several election malpractices which they used to justify their coup. However, the country election commission had debunked such insinuations that were supported by independent observers.
General Zaw Min has said the takeover was supported by the law and the army will soon return to power. There were several roadblocks by the police officials as cars and people were stopped for and checked.